As many of you know we at OSA are offering a free series of art classes to any US Military veteran. This 10 week session will be for vets only. Blick art supply is working with us to get materials for this project. You can help by going into the Blick store on NW Glisan and purchasing some specific materials from the list they have there and leaving them in the donation box at the store. We really appreciate it and so do the vets.
When I quit commercial art in 2004 I decided that I would put my effort into being an art teacher. Or rather, an art learner. I wanted to teach art because I really wanted to learn it. I had a successful career in art for over 20 years but felt I still needed to know more about drawing and painting. So I began teaching art classes wherever I could. In these classes I would teach whatever it was I wanted to learn myself! How to draw, composition, color theory and all the rest. All the time I was teaching these lessons I was drawing and painting en plein aire, and won several awards in those competitions.
Plus I was, of course, looking at paintings wherever I found them interesting, museums, galleries, restaurants and living rooms. I looked at whatever I found the most interesting. Historic artists like Turner, Sargent, Yardley, Seago and many more. Because technique is only part of it and these real artists showed me the soul of it. In the lessons I bring it all together. I am happy to talk about, answer questions and demonstrate just about any technique related to drawing and painting and show how they can be used for creative expression. Because that is what it is all about. For artists, technique is a means to an end. That end is well-crafted creative expression.
This summer I plan to update my website and begin a concerted program to expand my influence. I will reach out to art clubs through out the country to promote workshops and have a viable product page.